Re: Windows UBUNTU Grub
A partition number of 5 or greater always represents a logical partition.
sda5 which is ntfs where the Windows Installation is. No mount point.
Normally, Windows can only boot in a primary partition unless the boot loader files are installed in a primary partition which has the boot flag.
Did you delete another Windows? That one probably was your 'boot partition'.
That could be because when you installed Windows XP it detected another Windows installation so it set up a 'Microsoft dual boot', without warning you. That means it copied out it's vital boot loader files into the other Windows system, which you have since deleted. MultiBooting Principles.
Ok i noticed a difference between the two different windows installs. The one i want to work dosn't have AUTOEXEC.bat, boot.ini, bootex.log, CONFIG.SYS, IO.SYS MSDOS.SYS, NTDECT.COM, ntlrd.
All is not lost though. You can get another copy of boot.ini, NTdetect.com and ntldr from some other Windows XP and paste them into the Windows XP you want to boot. You can also get those files from the CD you can download from this site: How to fix: NTLDR is missing, press any key to restart.
The next problem is that some computers, (mine at least), have BIOSes that require Windows to have the boot flag on the Windows partition to be booted.
Boot loaders don't seem to be able to set a boot flag on a logical partition.
You can either copy and paste your entire operating system into a primary partition with a partition editor like GParted or Gnome Partition Editor, then GRUB can manage the boot flag.
Or you can use a partition editor to set a boot flag on the partition as it is and just leave the boot flag there.
Last edited by Herman; August 16th, 2008 at 11:46 AM.
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